Hannah Recommends:Books For Pride Month

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So it’s a pride month and I thought that I’d recommend some awesome queer books!!! I left out some of my favorites just because those are the ones that always get talked about *cough*primarilybecausetheyrem/mandpeoplelovetofetishize*cough* so I thought that I’d recommend some titles that I believe need more love!

1.The Summer Of Jodi Perez by Amy Spalding

Rep: Fat Lesbian MC and Mexican Lesbian LI

The Summer of Jodi Perez is the perfect cutesy summer contemporary filled with adorable romance, great friends and a search for the best burger in LA!

2. How To Make A Wish by Ashley Blake

Rep: Bi MC and Biracial Lesbian LI.

How To Make A Wish has such a beautiful romance but it also delves in some very tough issues and explores some really interesting family dynamics. The balance between seriousness and fluff is great and is guaranteed to make you feel a multitude of emotions.

3. Not Otherwise Specified By Hannah Moskowitz

Rep: Bisexual Anorexic Black MC

I’ve only read one of Hannah Moskowitz’s books but Not Otherwise Specified was so amazing that I know that she’s an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read her other books. She writes with such honesty and NOS is so raw and beautiful and such a great contemporary!!

4.Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Katherine Ormsbee

Rep: Asexual MC

This is the only book I’ve ever read with ace rep and I love it so much and it means so much to me. it’s such a great contemporary and I really hope that this book sparks may others like it

5. Ten Things I Can See From Here by  Carrie Mac

Rep: Lesbian Mc with anxiety. Lesbian( I’m pretty sure but I can’t remember for sure though) LI

The anxiety rep in this is phenomenal but it was very hard to read and could be triggering for some people so watch out. If you’re able to read it though, Id highly recommend it because it’s a great and heartfelt read.

6. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Rep: Chinese Australian Bisexual MC.Fat MC with Asperger’s and Anxiety.Hispanic LI.

This is such a fun book about fandom is a great book filled with amazing characters. The diversity in this is phenonemal and both romances were swoon worthy.

7.Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Rep: Bisexual Biracial Mc, Demisexual side character, Gay Korean side character.

Alice Oseman is one of the few contemporary authors that really really gets teens and that’s probably because she’s pretty young herself but she just understand fandom culture and teen struggles like no other YA author. All of the characters are precious cinnamon rolls and I love them so much. Also this is a book that’s not centered around romance and is just about a boy and a girl who are friends!!! and their friendship is beautiful!!!!!

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Rep: Gay Latino Main Character

Adam Silvera is the king of tragic stories that will make you cry your eyes out. They’re definitely not for everyone because they’re very emotional and could be triggering but they truly are amazing. I love them all but More Happy Than Not is definitely my favorite. It’s set in such an interesting and unique world and the characters are all so complex and I just love it so much.

9. Wild Beauty by Anne Marie Mclemore

Rep:  Almost all of the characters are latinx and though it’s not stated explicitely, I’m pretty sure that all five of the main characters are bi, and there’s a genderqueer side character.

I’ve read two of Mclemore’s books and she truly has a gift and is able to weave such beautiful stories. Her writing is like the purest candy and you just can’t ever get enough of it.  She’s one of the most talented writers I’ve ever met. Wild Beauty was such a beautiful and lyrical story with such an interesting plot. The magical realism is phenonemal and the characters are all so complex.

10. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Rep: Black,Jewish and Bisexual MC, Side Character Who Is bipolar, Black and Koreon Love Interest

This is such an interesting book filled with complex discussions about mental illness, sexuality and family. The family dynamics in this was so interesting and it was honestly my favorite part about the story. The diversity in this book was super great  and I especially appreciated the jewish rep which is so rare in YA.

11. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Rep: Gay Mc. Pansexual(?) Latinx LI

This is the first arc I ever received so this has a special place in my heart. It’s such a beautiful book with one of the most unique premises I’ve ever read. I remember that I was a little put off by it at first but once I really got into it, I fell in love with the writing, the characters and just everything about this book. It’s such an interesting book filled with heartbreaking moments.

12. Like Water by Rebecca Podos

Rep: Bisexual and Latina MC. Genderqueer  Lesbian Li.

This book is so different from other YA contemporaries that I usually read and I really appreciated that. I loved how the MC followed a path that was very different from what is usually portrayed in YA. I also really loved how the MC’s sexuality and race played a role in the story and found it to be a very authentic and beautiful representation.

13. Everything Leads To You by  Nina Lacour

Rep: Lesbian Biracial MC. Lesbian LI.

This book has the best aesthetic ever and I can totally imagine it being a movie and I would die if that ever happened. It’s such a great read with a really interesting mystery. The romance is so adorable and has everything that a good contemporary needs.

Have You Read Any Of These Books? What Books Do You Recommend For Pride?

 

 

 

 

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Adult Books For Those Just Getting Into The Demographic.

Okay so I’ve always kind of read Adult and YA books interchangeably and have favourites from both demographic and I’ve never really had trouble getting into an adult book but I know there’s a lot of people who have trouble finding an adult book that they enjoy so I’d thought that I’d just recommend some adult books that are fun reads that may help you if you want to read more adult books.

1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

I love all of Picoult’s book but out of all of them I think Nineteen Minutes is the best one if you’re most used to reading YA. I think even some of the POVS are teens. Anyway it’s a very heartfelt book that will keep you captivated until the very end. This is the first book I read of hers and ever since I’ve fallen in love with particularly everything she writes.

2.Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

If you like contemporary YA novels then Sophie kinsella books are for you. Her shopaholic series are pretty good but sometimes the cringey aspects are a little too much while her standalone definitely curb back on the second hand embarrassment. They’re all hilarious and one of the few books that had me actually laughing hysterically but my favorite is probably Can You Keep A Secret. It’s just a tad bit more hilarious and amazing than the rest. But honestly if you pick up any of Sophie Kinsella’s Books you’re in for a wild treat.

3.The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

All of Hosseini’s books are absolute tear jerkers that are masterfully written. Kite Runner isn’t my favorite one of his( that honor goes to And The Mountains Echoed) but I think it’s the best one to read if you’re used to reading YA. Hosseini has a really beautiful but simple writing style which is amplified in the Kite Runner are part of the novel follows the Mc’s life as a child. His books discuss very difficult topics so I’d be wary of that. It’s really worth the read if you’re able to read them though!

4.The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

Lawrence Hill is another phenomenal writer that has a beautiful but simple writing style. The books he writes are absolutely phenomenal and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Book of Negroes is very difficult to read emotionally as it talks about slavery so there’s lots of tough and emotional scenes so again be wary of that. But the way Hill tells stories and creates characters is amazing and everyone needs to read The Book of Negroes. It really is worth the read.

5.The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

I’ve read all of Albom’s books and have loved almost every single of them. He’s most well known for The Five People You Meet in Heaven but this one is my favorite. His books are all very quick reads that really pack an emotional books. This book in particular is so interesting and even though it’s been quite a while since I read it, i remember how enraptured I read while I flew through the book. His plots are always super unique and he just writes about things that you’d never really think of. They’re all super fun reads and I’d recommend all of his books but The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is where I’d recommend you start.

6. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

If you like thriller or horror type books then this book is for you. When I pieced up this book at the library, i only checked it out because I had heard some people talk about it but I wasn’t sure if I would even like it but damn this book blew me away. It’s so creepy and weird and just such an unique novel. To this day I haven’t read anything quite like it. If you’re ever in the mood to be disturbed then this book is definitely for you. You won’t be disappointed I promise!

7. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Can I really have a list about adult books without including Stephen King? For the longest time I refused to read anything by him because I’m not the hugest fan of horror but I finally caved and read 11/22/63 and I absolutely fell in love. Since then I’ve read a bunch of his books and am slowly making my way through the rest of his books which is going to take quite a long time because damn he has a lot of them. Even if you’re not a fan of horror, I really recommend 11/22/63 because it’s not a horror novel at all and it’s a time travel novel which follows this dude as he tries to stop the assassination of JFK. This book is absolutely phenomenal and even though it’s like 700 pages long, i flew through it because it’s amazing.

8. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.

This is honestly one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read but it’s weird in a great way. It’s one of those fools that you just really need to read to truly understand what it’s about. I wouldn’t even technically consider it an adult book because the entire book follows a child but that’s what goodreads classifies it as soo. Anyway I really recommend it, it’s weird, it’s emotional, it’s interesting and unique and I mean the title and cover include cake how can you not read it?

9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

I honestly don’t know why I love this book so much but I just do. Time travel books are my favorite thing ever so I guess I’m just destined to love everything that contains time travel. I’m at this book at its core is basically a romance novel but it’s just such a beautiful and heartbreaking romance that I can’t help but to fall in love with it. No matter how many times I read it, I never lose interest and find myself,f time and time again astounded at how the plot develops. If you’ve watched the movie and weren’t a book fan, I’d recommend still reading the book because the book goes much more in depth and is just 100x more amazing.

10. The Martian By Andy Weir.

This book is hilarious!! I never thought that a book about a dude stuck on mars would interest me but it’s just so fun to read! There was quite a bit of scientific discussion but it was sprinkled with so much humid that I didn’t even mind. It’s honestly one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The movie is just as amazing but I highly recommend reading the book if you haven’t already because the book just has a little bit more jokes.

What are some adult books that you love?

Hannah Recommends:Diverse Books to read for Valentines day

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So Valentine’s  day is right around the corner and while I could give two shits about it, I do want to recommend some awesome diverse books to read because a lot of lists are missing some great books.

1. Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Okay if you haven’t read this book, you seriously need to. It’s amazing and beautiful and just so well written and it’s everything you can want in a book. Ari and Dante are the most precious boys on the planet and I can’t wait for the sequel.

2.To All The Boys I’ve Loved  Before by Jenny Han

This book is really cute and the perfect contemporary and I really need to get on to reading the second book. The MC is Korean-American and she is just the purest cinnamon roll ever. Also the covers for this series are gorgeous so there’s no excuse to not read it.

3. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Okay so this book  doesn’t have any romance at all but it’s too good to not be mentioned. It has one of the best platonic friendships that I’ve ever read, and the MC is bi-racial and bi, and there’s a demi-sexual character and it’s just perfection. Alice Oseman writes characters flawlessly and if you haven’t picked up one of her books, I highly recommend that you do.

4.The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I always forget about this book, I don’t know why because it’s amazing. The writing is lyrical, the setting is wonderful, the characters are perfect. It’s a really great summer read and I highly recommend it.

5.Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour.

The book is amazing. It’s adorable, it’s atmospheric and just really well written. Nina Lacour is an amazing author, and I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a great book  about lesbians, and movies. Plus this book kind of reminds me of the Nancy Drew movie which is great.

6.Ask The Passengers by A.S King

This is one of my favorite books, I just really love it, and I can really relate to it. It’s a great book  about figuring out who you are and trying to find your place in the world, which is combined with some really awesome magical realism. It’s  a book that really resonates me and one that I highly recommend.

So there are six books that I really love and that are great cute books.  I know I haven’t read that many but I hope to change that this year and I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll get some really  great diverse contemporary that I requested from the publisher.

What are your favorite diverse books perfect for valentines day?

Hannah Recommends:Spooky/Weird Reads

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So in honour of Halloween quickly approaching, here is a small list of some spooky/weird reads. I’m not  a huge fan of horror so here’s just some books that have halloween vibes or are just kind of spooky.

1.The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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This book is about Nobody Owens,this kid who has lived in a graveyard ever since his parents were murdered when he was a baby. This is a very spooky and paranormal read and it’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Halloweeny books. It’s a really short read,and if you’re looking for a read this Halloween this could be for you!

2.Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

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I know this book is sometimes described as paranormal and if I’m given the chance to recommend this series then I will.The Raven Boys is  just so strange and odd. It’s about a group of friends who are looking for a Welsh Kind. It’s so different and so amazing. The plot, the characters, everything is just great.It’s strange but you love it for the strangeness

3.Unwind by Neil Shusterman.

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I’ve already recommended Unwind in a previous Hannah Recommends but it’s my favourite series  and it’s super creepy so yeah.Unwind is a set in a world where parents can choose to have their children harvested for  organs. It’s such an unique idea and it’s just soo amazing. The world building is fantastic and it gives so many perspectives and it makes you think so much. It’s the best dystopian I’ve ever read, and I really need to finish it because it’s amazing.

4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by  Libba Bray

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A Great and Terrible Beauty is a paranormal Victorian Fantasy about a boarding school  and four girls who reckon with forces of magic as they travel in another realm. There are three books in this series and they’re all very long but very good. It has a great vibe and just overall a really great series. Magic set in the Victorian era is already a great concept but the story really delivers in every aspect.

There you have it. A few Halloween-ish reads.What are some of your favourite paranormal/creepy read?

 

 

Hannah Recommends:Books About Mental Illness

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So in honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week, here are a few of my favourite books that have characters with a variety of different mental illnesses.

  1. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.

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We Are The Ants tells the story of Henry who  has been abducted by aliens since the age of 13, and now with the knowledge that the world is going to end, he is giving the chance to push a red button that will prevent it. Now Henry must figure out if he thinks the world is worth saving, as he deals with the suicide of his boyfriend.Now I know this concept may sound very odd, but I personally loved this book. This is a very important and tough read, and I highly recommend it.

2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Winter girls is basically the story of a Lia who is suffering from anorexia,and her struggles as she tries to recover. It’s a very tough read, and if things like eating disorders trigger you I wouldn’t recommend that you read it, but if you can it’s a very important and beautiful read. Laurier Halse Anderson is an amazing writer, and I guarantee you that this book will make you fill all sorts of different emotions.

3.Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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I don’t really know how to describe this book but basically it’s about this girl named Tori, and her life? I know it’s a really bad description but yeah. Tori suffers from depression,and her brother suffers from OCD, and it’s just a really relatable read about school and life. Alice Oseman is a really talented author, and I highly recommend both of her books

4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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This is one of my favourite classics, and I think it becomes a lot more powerful when  you realize that this  is a semi-autobiographal  book, and the fact that Sylvia Plath killed herself. It’s very interesting, and an amazing read.Though the content is tough, the actual writing is very easy to read, and doesn’t read as a normal classic

5.I Know This Much Is True By Wally Lamb

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This is about  Dominick whose brother suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. This story alternates between Dominicks past,the present, and the uncovering of Dominick’s Grandfather’s story. This story is like 900 pages, and I know a lot of people don’t like drawn out stories but I love them, so I love this book. It’s so intricate, and there are so many different storylines.It’s just a really great book, and if long books are your thing then I highly recommend it.

What are some of your favourite books about mental illness?

 

Hannah Recommends:Dystopians.

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I know, I know. Dystopians are very passé but I do have a soft spot for some. When done right, dystopians do have the potential to be amazing. So without further ado, here are five of my favourite dystopians.

  1. Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

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Unwind takes place in this world in this world where parents are able to chose to have their children wound which basically means being harvested for organs.While I haven’t read the fourth book yet,the first three are horrifically creepy with amazing characters and thought provoking plot lines.

2.The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

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Todd lives in a world where  there are only men and where everyone can hear each others thoughts.But one day he meets a girl whose thoughts he can’t hear.This is another series where I haven’t read the last one, but the first two are so amazing. The plot is so intricate, and the characters are so well developed. There are a lot of parallels to our world, and it’s just really well constructed.

3.The House of The Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

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This book tells the story of a boy named Matt who is the clone of a drug lord named El Patron. Throughout the book, Matt  struggles to find his place in  a world where clones are seen as vermin. Yet another book that is so thought provoking.It raises so many questions about what it means to be human.There is a sequel but this can be read on its own, though the sequel is pretty good

4. Angelfall Series by Susan Ee

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Angelfall is set in a post-appocolyptic  world where angels ave descended to  destroy the earth.  It follows Penryn who is trying to get her sister back from the angels who captured her.I haven’t gotten around to reading the third book yet, but the first too are amazing. Penryn is such a kickass character, the storyline is fascinating, and plus the love interest is pretty awesome. It’s really worth the read.

5. Across The Universe by Beth Revis

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I don’t know if this would be classified as dystopian since it’s more sci-fi than anything, but it is set in the future so I’m going to go with it.Basically Across The Universe is about this ship where humans have been cryogenically frozen  for a very long period of time in preparation for this voyage to a new planet. The problem is that one of the girls  wakes up long before they’re set to land.  With awesome romance,mysteries and secrets, this series will keep you on the edge of your feet until the very end.

So what are some of your favourite dystopians?Let me know in the comments!

 

Hannah Recommends:Historical Fiction

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  1. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly 

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Revolution alternates between  present Paris, and a paris in the middle of a revolution. Revolution follows two girls Andi, and Alexandrine as their lives begin to intertwine despite the fact that they live almost two centuries apart. I really love this book , as I think it’s not only a good historical fiction book, but just a good book in general. There are some very important topics addressed such as substance abuse, and depression, while also being a very informative book about the French Revolution

2. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Life After Life tells the story of Ursula who is able to die but still live. Every time she dies, she goes back to the same moment  that made her die and she is able to  continue on her life. This book has such an unique concept, but it’s not the only thing going for it. It’s also a very character rich story, and  a very emotional one too. Life After Life takes place across two world wars, and it’s a really good read for people who are looking for a historical fiction novel that’s interesting and unique

3. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

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This is another book that has two timelines.One is in modern day Vermont where an Indian Burial ground is being expropriated to build a strip mall, the another in the 30s during a time where the Eugenics program was going strong. Like any Picoult Book, Second Glance is a character rich novel filled with lots of twists and turns. The historical subject was very unique, and I learnt a lot about something I knew very little of. Here’s my Review if you’d like to know more about this book.

4.11/22/63 by Stephen King

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11/22/63 is a time travel novel that explores the possibility of being able to stop the Kennedy Assignation. I love a good time travel novel, and this is one is one of the very best. This book is very slow burning and long. It takes quite awhile to get to the main part of the story. Above all this isn’t just a story about the prevention of Kennedy’s assassination. it’s much more than that, and features a large variety of story arc. I really love this book, and if you’re looking to  get into Stephen King, I’d recommend this one to you. It’s not scary, though it is a little gorey and it’s really good.

5.In The Shadows of BlackBirds by Cat Winters

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This book is  takes place during early  1900s in a time where the Spanish Influenza was a huge issue. It’s a very creepy, supernatural kind of books mixed with an awesome set of characters. There’s a lot of sides to this book and it’s really perfect for anyone whether you like mystery, paranormal,historical fiction or romance. It’s really interesting and I really think it’s worth the read.

So there you have it. Some historical fiction novels that I highly recommend and that I think a lot of people would enjoy.

Is there any ones that you think I should read? I’m always open to recommendations!